Religious Art: two cases of Iconography

Patrick Hutchings, Judith Ryan

Abstract


For a conspectus of religious art in Australia one need only look into Sister Rosemary Crumlin's Images of Religion in Australian Art which must be for a considerable time to come the definitive text. For news about religious art in Australia one looks about, for confirmation or denial of the rumours that the Blake Prize for religious art - founded in 1951 - is to become extinct.

Asked for a short note on religious art in Australia we decided not to attempt a summary of the current scene but to take two cases. There are cases from different thought systems, art systems, and iconographic systems: and their mutual relationship will be, necessarily problematic.


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